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Blogs & Bulletins
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“World Of Electric Vehicles”
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inFOCUS article:Quikbyke’s First Summer
Clean-Energy Investment Opportunities
Green Car Reports
“Cleaner Greener Driving”
Electric Cars UK
“… the definitive electric car website.”
Electric Cars UK
Electric Cars Report
Electric Cars Report
“Charge the Future”
Transport Evolved
Informational website from the UK
Buying guide for Hybrid & Electric Cars
Hybrid Cars
Important Media
Important Media
“You, your health, and the health of our world”
“… a future that’s combustion‑free.”
EV Obsession
Gas2 Blog
“Bridging the gap between gear heads and green heads.”
Cleantech News
Solar – Wind – EV
Cleantech News
“…a celebration of human endeavor…”
Green living expert, living green magazine, tips
Writings of Edson Farnell

Everything Drivers Need to Know About Hybrid Vehicles

Josh Levin’s Blogs on EV World: EVWorld Logo

MagLev Vs Hyperloop

MagLev vs. Hyperloop — Technical Discussion

hexOgrid Transportation Network

How the Tragedy in the Bronx Would Not Have Happened with MagLev

Photo-Blog: New York Auto Show 2014

List of all Dr. Levin’s EVWorld blogs.

Sample hexOgrid map of NJ
Explanation of LeviCar’s Hexagrammoid Grid
LeviCar’s entry into Scientific American’s World-Changing Ideas (WCI) contest (Video 4:59)

Original Scientific American article that inspired LeviCar (pdf 10pp)
Sci-Am 20 World-Changing Ideas
Related article by one of the Sci-Am authors
LeviCar’s Poster Presentation at WEEC, the World Energy Engineering Congress, 2009 Nov. 5
EVWorld Logo The first published article about LeviCar:  “The Perfect Synthesis”  EV World, 2004 September 13.
The MagLev Vacation — Read the engaging story of one of the first families to use LeviCar to go on a Florida vacation in the year 2017.
“Press Releases” based on the “Four Planets”
Four Planets

Antecedents & Allies
MagLev2000 (Danby-Powell)
Gordon T. Danby, Ph.D.
James R. Powell, Ph.D.
Fight for Maglev (book)  
Fight for Maglev (2012)
Maglev America (book)  
Maglev America (2013)
Silent Earth (book)  
Silent Earth (2016)
Logo of the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center
Conference Paper:  Energy Efficiency and Economics of Maglev Transport (pdf 18pp)
Stony Brook, NY  2008
In the news…
  Danby and Powell on Flickr
Danby and Powell display reports and awards
Jim Powell on FoxNews  
FoxNews: Jim Powell talks MagLev (4:24)
  Diagram from the Talk
Jesse Powell talks history of MagLev, 2016 March 16 (49:21)
MagneticGlide – Interstate MagLev Project

Welcome Page

Newer, more Complete Video (7:51)

Older Video (1:54)
MagneticGlide – Interstate MagLev Project
Readiness Resource Group
Readiness Resource Group
Energy and Transport Solutions
Proposed Nevada Test Facility
Superconducting Maglev Multi Integrated Testing Facility
(proposed for construction in Nevada)
for building and testing MagLev systems for passenger and freight transportation, energy storage, and water transport.
Maglev Strategies
“…premium maglev consulting…”
Maglev Strategies
Jim Powell’s Space-MagLev Launcher
StarTram illustration
Wikipedia Article

THE Revolutionary Dualmode Transportation System by Francis D. Reynolds, PE
Magic Highway USA, Disney, 1958  (Animated, with intro. by Walt Disney himself  9:03)
Magic Highway (partial)
First-ever Modular Electric Car
by Ferdinand Porsche (1898)

A More Complete List is available at

Associations   PROACCTIVE
“Battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for the public to drive today.”
Plug In America
Electric Drive’s Consumer Website
Go Electric Drive
Electric Drive’s Consumer Website
Electric Auto Association
“Promoting Electric Vehicles Since 1967”
Electric Auto Association
Rocky Mountain Institute
Reinventing Fire
“… to create a clean, prosperous, and secure future.”
Center for Sustainable Energy
“Accelerting the Transition to a Sustainable World Powered by Clean Energy”
Center for Sustainable Energy
International Energy Agency
IEA:  Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement
“Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy”
Blue-Green alliance
Electric Mobility Canada
Electric Mobility Canada
Accelerating Electric Transportation

Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada

Intel. Transp. Syst. Soc. of Canada
Advance Transit Association
Advance Transit Association

“Leveraging advanced transit to improve mobility”

“New frontiers of mobility in the digital age.”
PodCar.org / Harris Blvd.
“Innovative Mobility in the Era of Automation.”
US High-Speed-Rail Association
“21st Century Transportation for America”
BiModal Glideway (detail)

List of Educational and Research Institutions is at

Educational & Research Institutions   PROACCTIVE

Competition & Critiques
Transparent view of Hyperloop – Thanks to NBC News
LeviCar’s Critique of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Open Letter to Elon Musk — 2013 Sept. 30
ET3Evacuated Tube Transportation Technologies
“Space Travel on Earth”
ET3 vs. Hyperloop
➀ Who Needs Hyperloop?
This Guy Is Building Something Bigger
➁ Vacuum trains: a high-speed pipe dream?
➂ Vactrain (Wikipedia Article)

PRT (Personal Rapid Transit)
aka ATN (Automatic Transportation Networks)
skyTran Cartoon (modified)
High-Speed, Low-Cost, Green, Elevated, Personal Rapid Transit

News from Israel
News from Arabia
Urban Maglev by General Atomics
… faster, cleaner means of passenger transport in local communities and urban areas.
GA Urban MagLev
Mass Tram illustration
MonoCab VRT Rapid Transit System (Australia)
“The FUTURE of Public Transport”
“Sustainable Infrastructure”
“Realizing Sustainable Mobility”
LevPods Individual Transit System (LITS)
…helping lead the next generation of changes in transportation.

Tracked Personal Vehicles
TEV project logo
The transportation model for the 21st century
TEV project
BiModal Glideway (detail)
BiModal Glideway
Solves Traffic Jams, Pollution, and Minimizes Oil Dependency.

… other Long-Distance Systems
Mass Tram America
(Inhabitat Magazine article)
Mass Tram illustration
Interstate Traveler
Interstate Traveler
Building the World Wide Hydrogen Super Highway…

Government Projects
Federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program
California High-Speed Rail Authority

Established Foreign Systems
JR-Central Logo
Central Japan Railway Company
Bullet Trains and Magnetic Levitation
The NorthEast Maglev (TNEM)
Advocates for Japanese System in the North-East Corridor
The NorthEast Maglev (TNEM)
Transrapid Logo
Fixed-Magnet Magnetic Levitation

Oliver Cromwell What others are saying about LeviCar
Warts and all
Comments on the LeviCar Proposal and Related Issues by Francis D. Reynolds, PE
The International Maglevboard e.V.
(This webpage also has discussions on Hyperloop, Danby-Powell MagLev, and other advanced transportation proposals)

Other Lists of Advanced-Transportation Systems
Other Cool Ideas (by the TEV Project)
Wikigrain — Bouchard Transportation

Motivational-Quotes Page
Photo Montage of Some People who are Quoted

Today's Quote: “It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.”
    — Emmanuel Radnitzky (Man Ray), American photographer and artist (1890–1976)
Old Car
“Original” LeviCar Web Page
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Opportunities to influence the course
of future government policy:
Uncle Sam wants Your Ideas for the Future of Transportation
Beyond Traffic 2045
Share Your Ideas – about the Draft document
(pdf 322pp)
FTA Dialogue
Uncle Sam wanted Your Ideas about the direction of Transit Research   (Closed)
Interactive Page
Guide (pdf 24 pp)

Events & Expositions  (North America only)
A More Complete List is available at

PROACCTIVE   Upcoming Events
Click here for fuller descriptions in EV World
Webinar:  Cities and Transportation
SPEAKER: Edward Glaeser, Ph.D
Cambridge, MA –
 October 26 
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Mandatory Free Registration
Series information & Videos
Webinar:</b>  Highly Automated Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities<br/><i>SPEAKER:  Mark Rosekind<font size=2>, Ph.D</font></i>
Webinar:  Highly Automated Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities
SPEAKER: Mark Rosekind, Ph.D
Cambridge, MA – November 9
Mandatory Free Registration
Series information & Videos
SAE/JSAE 2016 Small Engine Technology Conference & Exhibition
Charleston, SC – November 15‑17
Young Lady on Motorcycle
Open Garage Talk:  </b>'Inside Hyperloop' with Josh Giegel, President, Hyperloop One
Open Garage Talk: 'Inside Hyperloop' with Josh Giegel, President, Hyperloop One
Stanford, CA – November 17
High Speed Rail Conference
Los Angeles, CA – February 28 to March 2
High Speed Rail Conference
WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience
WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience
Detroit, MI – April 4‑5
Alt. page
Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
Long Beach, CA – May 1‑4
EV VÉ 2017 Conference and Trade Show
Markham, Ontario, Canada – May 29 to June 1
EV VÉ 2017 Conference and Trade Show
ITEC 2017  (International Transportation Electrification Conference)
ITEC 2017 (International Transportation Electrification Conference)
Chicago, IL – June 26‑28

Paean to Nikola Tesla
Young Tesla in Wikipedia
Nikola Tesla (1856–1943)
The Movie
(Trailer; Vimeo 4:30)
(Crowdfunding Campaign)
Tesla’s Tower
Oatmeal Portrait of Tesla
The Man
The Motorcar
Oatmeal picture of Tesla Sedan
The Manifesto
The Wonder World to be Created by Electricity (1915)
 . . . and Musk
Musk Cartoon
Wardenclyffe-Tower Logo
The Museum
(Photos and Videos)
plus Mark Twain
Twain at Tesla's Lab
Many thanks to Matthew Inman and The Oatmeal, for publicizing Nikola Tesla, initiating the effort to save his laboratory as a museum, and for getting Elon Musk to donate One Million Dollars.  (You can give, too!) Oatmeal Logo for Tesla Museum

15-Second Micro Book Review
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged
I read it cover-to-cover, over a thousand pages, and found it hopelessly out-of-date, elitist, and immoral, and some of the dialogue was hard to understand. To me, it shows the dangers of Libertarianism.  Some of Ms. Rand’s basic tenets have since been contradicted by scientific research.  —  Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D.

Fun Stuff
Amazing Soviet Visions for the Future of Transportation
Alate MagLev Train
Strange Air Ferry
A ducted-fan airship with a guide rail.  Too slow, too cumbersome, and too wasteful of energy.
(Youtube video 1:57)
Multi-Mode Vehicle from the ’50s
Howdy Doody's Air-O-Doodle
Exploded view of ICE
Test drive of a petrol car
LeviCar Song
(Lyrics only)  
A Whole New Ride
There’s a new kind of car,
Green and clean and efficient.
When’s the last time that you went
Door-to-door, so speedily?

LeviCar is … A system for personal transportation, using modular automobiles that are driven locally on regular roads, and …
that also can travel at 300 m.p.h. on a Magnetic-Levitation (MagLev) rail system for longer distances.
RoboTrail is … A similar system for freight transportation, using tractor-trailer rigs to transport cargo containers locally, and …
using that same MagLev network to transport those same containers for long distances.
Magnetic Levitation Rail is …
(MagLev Rail for short)      
A technology for using magnetism to raise (levitate) a vehicle above a rail to that there is no
mechanical friction (only air drag), and using electrical forces from the rail to propel the vehicle forward.
Superconducting MagLev is … A form of MagLev Rail, first developed in the 1960s by Drs. Gordon T. Danby and James R. Powell, using
superconducting magnets, and usually on elevated rails (300 m.p.h.), or over existing rail (150 m.p.h.).
LeviCar and RoboTrail can: make long-distance transport vastly more energy-efficient and safer;
and, unlike conventional railroads, travel non-stop, and also climb steep hills and mountains easily.
LeviCar can: make medium- and long- distance travel much easier;  increase the reliability of cars,
simplify their maintenence; and assist in the use of automated-highway systems.
LeviCar and RoboTrail cannot: generate clean energy by themselves (except for putting solar cells on the rails);  nor
can they easily cross oceans, except at certain "choke points", like the Bering Straits and at Gibraltar.
RoboTrail can: provide air-freight speed at lower cost than highway shipping.
LeviCar can: provide ordinary people with “private rail cars” that go at airplane speeds.
LeviCar and RoboTrail constitute:On-Demand High-Speed Rail (OD-HSR), with no schedules, minimal waiting, and no in-between stopping*
that can slow down conventional HSR.  (*except for rest stops)
LeviCar and RoboTrail …bring the Third Industrial Revolution to the Transportation Sector.

Text and links last updated:  2016 October 15
Code last updated:  2016 October 5

Partial Update History
2106/10/05 — Dates in Bold when event is Current
2016/07/15 — Added Silent Earth
2016/06/10 — Added “Green Living Guy”
2015/11/24 — Added link to “Educational … Institutions”
2015/08/23 — Added Fragment Tags (#hashtag) & Mouseovers
2015/07/29 — Added labels for Newly added Events
2015/02/17 — Links to PROACCTIVE
2014/12/16 — Added TradeMark ()
2014/10/02 — New Wardenclyffe newsletter
2014/07/28 — Added Song
2014/05/26 — Added SAE
2014/05/26 — Added Illustration for hexOgrid
2014/05/20 — Link to Original Sci-Am article
2014/05/19 — Added D&P Paper, and section on Conferences
2014/05/18 — Added JPods, Tesla, & Atlas Shrugged
2014/05/16 — Added Links to Conferences
2014/05/12 — Finished Interim Version
2014/05/12 — CSS for links
2014/03/05 — Auto-detect of Phone/Tablet/Desktop
2013/12/29 — First release version of new format
2013/12/09 — Started modularizing for new format
2013/09/29 — Added Hyperloop and hexOgrid
2013/01/27 —
Added book
2012/02/24 — New Version
2006/08/13 — Old Version
2006/04/01 — First web version
2003/08/13 — First write-ups
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